F.W. Murnau casts a method actor as Dracula in Nosferatu, then struggles to control his silent-era star’s appetite in this toothsome satire of moviemaking.
An evening talk by the novelist Colm Tóibín, in conversation with acclaimed Irish broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan.
Don't miss this event with Martin Amis, author of Money and London Fields.
A boy and his grandmother run afoul of a witches’ convention at an English seaside hotel in Roald Dahl’s haunted adventure story.
Do you enjoy writing about your family’s history? Have you been collecting oral histories, photographs, genealogy charts, maps and letters? Would you like to use your material and research to craft a compelling essay? Here’s your opportunity to demonstrate pride in your family history, and at the same time enjoy acknowledgement of your literary efforts!
If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.
Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Nicholas Stern talks about climate change. Discussion to follow.
Inspired in part by the new book, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard University Press), the evening centers on Walter Benjamin's magnum opus, The Arcades Project which was written between 1927 and 1940. It encompassed one of the largest collections of writings on Parisian city life in the 19th century and focused on the iron and glass covered "arcades".
A masterful adaptation of I. B. Singer’s witty, ironic, and moving tale of a Holocaust survivor torn between three women in postwar New York.
A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of (Philip) Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.
Learn how to utilize the library's newest database, Morningstar Investment Research Center.
Schedule a 1-on-1 session to learn about, and get started using, the library's new ebook service, Axis360.
This atmospheric, sentimental comedy centers on a widow raising seven children in Dublin in 1967.
Reserve a half hour with our tech experts to get assistance with your technology questions.
Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces.
The Dog of the Marriage, Amy Hempel's fourth collection, is about sexual obsession, relationships gone awry, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life.
Are you intrigued by the ever-shifting literary landscape? Baffled by the Internet bazaar of websites, apps, forums, and digital devices for readers and writers? Eager to find the ideal holiday gift for your book-loving friends? Join the Mechanics' Institute's Indie Publishers' Working Group to celebrate our fourth anniversary and the dozens of wonderful, diverse books we've created. Win a free novel, memoir, biography, guide, or book of poetry signed by the author!
Discover comprehensive business and investment information offered by this resource, such as industry surveys, stock reports, corporation records, mutual fund reports and market commentary. Includes search and screening tools to facilitate research, job searches, and competitive intelligence.
It’s time to celebrate Heyday and its courageous founder Malcolm Margolin after 40 years in the publishing business with over 350 book titles to its credit.
Marcel Proust is generally considered the greatest French novelist of the twentieth century. His reputation, which derives almost exclusively from the importance of his multivolume novel Remembrance of Things Past, is that of a dazzling stylist, analytical thinker, and social observer. His novel is founded on his powers of meticulous recollection and his ability to shape those memories into a compelling—some might even say exhausting—account of one man's search for his past.
When their neighbor dies under curious circumstances, a neurotic couple sets out to crack the case.
Holiday shoppers—come and select the perfect gifts for friends, family, colleagues or significant others!
Join us for our bi-annual Members’ Meeting! Meet our new Executive Director Ralph Lewin and celebrate the Institute’s 160th year with a special lecture on the Institute's founding and first five years by Librarian Taryn Edwards.
Huston plays the villainous stepmother in a wittily feminist take on the fairy tale, set in 16th-century France.
When Claire DeWitt's ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas.
Join members and friends for some holiday cheer and lively conversation while relaxing to musical interludes. Enjoy gourmet cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and tempting libations!
Our annual Potpourri of Favorites meeting is our members’ chance to share their favorite fiction titles from the previous year. Bring one or two of your favorite fiction books and be prepared to give a short synopsis of what makes the book a favorite of yours!
A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.